Sunday, 10 April 2016

Who's a handsome slug?


Seeds & seed packets

Last weekend I planted A LOT of seeds.  My boyfriend actually thinks I have a problem, like an actual addiction to plants.  Better than some other plant addictions I guess...

Here are all the seeds I planted with photos of their packets, the actual seeds and the instructions on the back, some more helpful than others.

Geranium - Pelargonium hortorum 'Moulin Rouge'

Forget-Me-Not - Myosotis sylvatica 'Blue Ball'

Nasturtiums - Tropaeolum magus 'Tom Thumb Mixed'

Sweet Pea - Lathers odoratus

Sunflower - Helianthus annuus 'Gelbe Riesen'

Peas - Pisum sativum 'Kelvedon Wonder'

Pot Marigold - Calendula officinalis nana 'Candyman Orange'

Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber

Here's my little cat helper who likes to visit:

All my planted seeds in home made newspaper pots supported by bricks with an upside down clear storage box on top to a) keep the squirrels out and b) protect from any frost:

Everything hopefully squirrel-proofed:

ASBO squirrels

The bonkers thing about living in the city is it's full of animals! Foxes, squirrels, birds, cats... all sorts of things that come nosing around at night, or in the day when you're out at work, looking for tasty morsels. 

I knew when I'd left this tray of newly sewn sunflower seeds that I should have put a brick on top of the lid to stop things getting in but it was too late by the time I got home.  It had been a really windy day and the plastic box over the top had blown off and some animal had had a good dig at the contents.

(This photo is obviously with the brick on top after I replaced the box lid.  Lock the stable door once the horse has bolted and all that..)

See here?  Something had dug at and mashed up a couple of my newspaper plant pots.

Once I took the pots out of the tray and moved it all to tidy it up, I found that the culprit was most likely a squirrel as it had successfully dug out a sunflower seed and eaten it, leaving the shell behind as you can see at the bottom of the lolly stick in the photo below.

All that destruction for ONE seed? Seriously??

Take heed and squirrel proof your garden, people! They're NUTS.


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